evacuate

verb evac·u·ate \ i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwāt , -kyü-ˌāt \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of evacuate

evacuated; evacuating
transitive verb
1 :to remove the contents of :empty
2 :to discharge from the body as waste :void
3 :to remove something (such as gas or water) from especially by pumping
4 a :to remove especially from a military zone or dangerous area
b :to withdraw from military occupation of
c :vacate 1
  • were ordered to evacuate the building
intransitive verb
1 :to withdraw from a place in an organized way especially for protection
2 :to pass urine or feces from the body

evacuative

play \i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwā-tiv, -kyü-ˌā-\ adjective

Examples of evacuate in a Sentence

  1. People who live along the coast are being evacuated as the hurricane approaches.

  2. During World War II, children were evacuated from London to the country.

  3. Residents were ordered to evacuate the building.

  4. Residents have been ordered to evacuate.

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Origin and Etymology of evacuate

Middle English, to draw off morbid humors, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare to empty, from e- + vacuus empty

evacuate Synonyms

Synonyms
clear, empty, vacate, void
Antonyms
fill, load
Related Words
deplete, drain, eliminate, exhaust, waste; bleed, draw (off); clean, flush, purge, scour, sweep

EVACUATE Defined for English Language Learners

evacuate

verb

Definition of evacuate for English Language Learners

  • : to remove (someone) from a dangerous place

  • : to leave (a dangerous place)

  • medical : to pass (solid waste) from your body


EVACUATE Defined for Kids

evacuate

verb evac·u·ate \ i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwāt \

Definition of evacuate for Students

evacuated; evacuating
1 :to leave or cause to leave a place of danger Residents evacuated the burning building.
2 :to make empty :empty out
3 :to discharge waste matter from the body

Medical Dictionary

evacuate

verb evac·u·ate \ i-ˈvak-yə-ˌwāt \

medical Definition of evacuate

evacuated; evacuating
transitive verb
1 :to remove the contents of
  • evacuate an abscess
2 :to discharge (as urine or feces) from the body as waste :void
intransitive verb
:to pass urine or feces from the body

evacuative

play \-ˌwāt-iv\ adjective


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